Hey there! I'm Vivian. Sometimes I write about life and sometimes I write about teaching.

Yesterday morning I rifled around our bare cupboards looking for something to make for breakfast. Did I have ingredients to make pancakes? Nope. Did I have some soyrizo in the fridge? Nope. All we have is cereal and milk. We can’t have cereal on a Sunday morning, that’s work week food. I stare into the cupboard, dejected. No, this will not do. It’s time to call for takeout. In fact this is great, we now have an excuse to try the pop up Taiwanese breakfast spot that’s only open on the weekends.

Instead of cereal and milk, we order way too much food:

-You tiao: I call it a Chinese donut
-Dan bing: egg crepe
-Chive and egg pocket
-Daikon rice cakes
-Hot soy milk
-Dou hua with ginger syrup: tofu pudding (I ordered this for dessert to enjoy later in the day.)
I wish I had taken pictures before we devoured our treats.

It’s a trip down memory lane for me and a delicious departure from the usual for my non-Taiwanese partner. These foods from my childhood made me forget all about pancakes and breakfast burritos.

  1. glenda funk says:

    Your breakfast sound wonderful. I’m trying to remember the breakfasts we ate in China two years ago, but I think they were western to accommodate the tastes of teens since the trip was an EF tour. We were supposed to travel to Taiwan last March. I hope we can reschedule exile that trip, at least so I can try these foods.

  2. arjeha says:

    Sounds like a delicious meal and all you had to do to get it ready was pick up the phone.

  3. amyilene says:

    Once again, your details draw me in (and make me hungry!!). Food is such a connection for me, to my people, to my past, to my various locations over the years….thank you for this slice!

  4. I love that cereal is work week food. Sunday deserves something special! I’ve never had Taiwanese food for breakfast. We have a Taiwanese restaurant nearby but I just went to look at their hours. They don’t open until 11 so I guess they don’t serve breakfast. I would love to try those dishes! yum.

  5. Lainie Levin says:

    That sounds absolutely delicious. You inspired me to look for Taiwanese restaurants in the Chicago area. Now I’ve got a few new places to try!

  6. aggiekesler says:

    Ahhh…so many of your dishes remind me of when I lived in China. Sounds like you had a feast!

  7. >In fact this is great, we now have an excuse to try the pop up Taiwanese breakfast spot that’s only open on the weekends.<

    And the jealous Iowan who lives in pancake and breakfast burrito land sees this post and thinks, "Why do I live in an area where the food is all the same??"

    Seriously, having that option is very cool, and what you ordered just makes me want to travel even more!

    Thank you for opening your kitchen (and takeout order) to us! 🙂



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